Edvard Grieg

Biography

Born: 1843   Died: 1907   Country: Norway   Period: Romantic
Composer Edvard Grieg, the icon of Norwegian music, left his home in Bergen, Norway to study at the conservatory in Leipzig. There he began his formal musical education under the auspices of Ignaz Moscheles (piano) and Carl Reinecke (composition). While in school, the young composer saw the premiere of his first work, his String Quartet in D minor, performed in Karlshamn, Sweden. Despite being diagnosed with a form of tuberculosis, which left him Read more with only one functioning lung, Grieg graduated from the conservatory in 1862. The composer had an intense desire to develop a national style of composition, but recognized the importance of becoming well versed in the work of the European masters, and consequently relocated to Copenhagen, studying with Niels Gade. He was thus able to remain in Scandanavia, while working in a thriving cultural center. In 1867 against his family's better judgment, Grieg married his cousin Nina Hagerup, a talented pianist, but whose vocal abilities enchanted the composer even more. Shortly after their wedding, the couple moved to Oslo, where Grieg supported them by teaching piano and conducting. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout Europe and it was during a period of time spent in Denmark, the composer wrote his landmark opus, the Piano Concerto in A minor. The premiere was given in 1869, with Edmund Neupert as the soloist. The piece was received with an enthusiasm that would attach itself to the composer's reputation for the remainder of his career.

Grieg admired his literary contemporaries and forged a productive partnership with Bjötjerne Björnson, playwright and poet, with whom he staged performances of such works as Before a Southern Convert, and Bergliot. While Björnson struggled with his output, Grieg met and befriended Henrik Ibsen. The forthcoming collaboration would prove significant for both, as Grieg would supply incidental music to Ibsen's Peer Gynt. The premiere was performed to critical acclaim and eventually led to Grieg's scoring of Peer Gynt into Suites 1 and 2 (1888 and 1893 respectively).

As a result of the success of Peer Gynt, Grieg enjoyed tremendous celebrity and continued to travel extensively, often meeting internationally renowned composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Liszt, among others. In addition to a grant he was awarded in 1874, Grieg was able to earn the majority of his money by adhering to a vigorous schedule of recital tours. He served briefly as the music director of the Bergen Symphony Orchestra, and from 1880-1882, held the same position at the Bergen Harmonien. In 1885, Grieg and his wife relocated once again, this time to his native Bergen, Norway, where he built their celebrated home, Troldhaugen. The property, a popular tourist destination to this day, features a secondary building overlooking the water, which the composer used as his work area, as he could only work in solitude. He and his wife summered in Norway and departed each fall for European tours that would last the remainder of the year. Grieg also conducted extensively throughout his country.

Grieg was adored wherever he traveled and lived at a pace that would eventually catch up with him. Grieg died of chronic fatigue, with much credit given to his lifelong health problems, in his hometown of Bergen.

Norway's most famous composer, dedicated his career to the pursuit of a national sound. The respect he had for his predecessors illustrates the sincerity with which he worked towards this goal. He wrote in the Romantic tradition with, in his own words, the determination to "create a national form of music, which could give the Norwegian people an identity." Read less
Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt & Preiss: Piano Works / Preiss
Release Date: 06/24/2016   Label: Tyxart  
Catalog: 16071   Number of Discs: 1
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Beecham Conducts Berlioz, Grieg, D'indy, Saint-saens
Release Date: 08/14/2012   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 3200   Number of Discs: 1
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Beecham In Concert - Mozart, Grieg, Alwyn
Release Date: 06/17/2008   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 23   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann, Grieg, Brahms, Berg / Alasdair Beatson
Release Date: 12/08/2009   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 86   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert, Sibelius, & Grieg / Persson, Vignoles
Release Date: 06/05/2012   Label: Wigmore Hall Live  
Catalog: 52   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Piano Music For Two Guitars / Arabesque Duo
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3194 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms,  Joaquin Turina,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Kathrin Murray,  Troy King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arabesque Duo
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  • 27.
    Rudolf Ganz Am Klavier Und Als Dirigent
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2377 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Adolf Jensen,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Ganz
    Conductor:  Rudolf Ganz
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  • 28.
    Scandinavian Serenade
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3342 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius,  Dag Wirén,  Carl Nielsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Baroque Ensemble
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  • 29.
    Grieg: Music For String Orchestra / Engeset, Malmo Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572403 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. 2 / Aadland, WDR SO Koln
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 2579 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
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    20th-Century Classics / Marriner, ASMF
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001553402 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Heinrich Josef Baermann  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Brymer,  John Ogdon,  John Wilbraham,  Michael Laird  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 32.
    Grieg: Complete Works For Piano Solo Vol 2 / Gerhard Oppitz
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61569 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz
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  • 33.
    Romantic Trumpet Sonatas / Freeman-attwood
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 370 Release Date: 02/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Karl Pilss
    Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar,  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
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  • 34.
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 380949 Release Date: 01/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Thierry Escaich,  Béla Bartók,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Signum Saxophonquartett
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  • 35.
    Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Grieg / simonov
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28190 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    In Folk Style / Trondheim Soloists [SACD+Blu-ray]
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 68 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emilia Amper,  Edvard Grieg,  Gjermund Larsen
    Performer:  Geir Inge Lotsberg
    Conductor:  Oyvind Gimse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trondheim Soloists
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  • 37.
    Grieg: Piano Works / Hakon Austbo
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94046 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Haakon Austbö
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  • 38.
    Wilson: St. Kentigern Suite; Grieg, Et Al / Rees
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 91112 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Thomas Wilson,  Peter Warlock,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Conductor:  Jonathan Rees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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  • 39.
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38004 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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  • 40.
    Tchaikovsky: Serenade For Strings;  Grieg, Mozart / Bashmet, Moscow Soloists
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4037 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Yuri Bashmet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Soloists
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  • 41.
    Grieg: From Holberg's Time, Orchestral Works / Suitner
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1429 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Grieg: Orchestral Works / Suitner, Berlin Staatskapelle
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 185442 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Mozart, Elgar, Grieg, Bach / Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53356 Release Date: 06/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Scandanavian Suite / Guildhall String Ensemble
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60439 Release Date: 06/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Dag Wirén,  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Robert Salter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall String Ensemble
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  • 45.
    Grieg: The Complete Orchestral Music
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1740/2 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd,  Ingebjörg Kosmo,  Stĺle Bjornhaug,  Svein Sturla Hungnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kor Vest,  Bergen Vocal Ensemble  ... 
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  • 46.
    Grieg: Holberg Suite, Sibelius: Finlandia, Etc / Boskovsky
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 411933 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Walter Weller,  Kazimierz Kord,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Scandinavian Serenade
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3342 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Dag Wirén,  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Leonard Friedman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Baroque Ensemble
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  • 48.
    Music For Strings - Bartók, Elgar, Etc / Warren-green, Et Al
    Label: Altara   Catalog: 1015 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Megaron Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Best Of Grieg
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000917202 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Lilya Zilberstein,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Marianne Eklöf,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Grieg: Complete Solo Piano Music / Knardahl, Derwinger
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1626 Release Date: 11/28/2006   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johan Halvorsen
    Performer:  Love Derwinger,  Eva Knardahl,  Kjell Ingebretsen
    Conductor:  Jun'ichi Hirokami,  Kjell Ingebretsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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